This morning I feel a pressure, an urgency. This is a message to true Christians, and especially those who know the times we are in create opportunity to share the Good News of Christ to a fearful and confused world.
I was praying on my way to work this morning, asking God to impart to us all His heart, His sight, and His perception. I want to know when someone is “ripe for harvest.” Jesus had this amazing ability to “see” people’s hearts. That’s what I want. He could perceive when they were acting out of their evil hearts, or whether they were full of faith. Here’s some examples:
- Luke 5:22 – “Jesus knew what they were thinking and asked, “Why are you thinking these things in your hearts?”
- John 1:47 – “When Jesus saw Nathanael approaching, he said of him, “Here truly is an Israelite in whom there is no deceit.” “How do you know me?” Nathanael asked. Jesus answered, “I saw you while you were still under the fig tree before Philip called you.”
- John 6:15 – “Perceiving then that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, Jesus withdrew again to the mountain by himself.”
- Luke 20:23 – But he perceived their craftiness, and said to them,
- John 4:17-18 – “The woman answered and said, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “You have well said, ‘I have no husband,’ for you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband; in that you spoke truly.”
- Luke 9:47 – “Jesus, knowing their thoughts, took a little child and had him stand beside him.”
Jesus’s disciples also had this gift:
- Acts 14:8-10 – “While they were at Lystra, Paul and Barnabas came upon a man with crippled feet. He had been that way from birth, so he had never walked. He was sitting 9 and listening as Paul preached. Looking straight at him, Paul realized he had faith to be healed. 10 So Paul called to him in a loud voice, “Stand up!” And the man jumped to his feet and started walking.”
- Acts 8:23 – “for I can see that you are full of bitter jealousy and are held captive by sin.”
This kind of perception is brought only by the discernment from the Holy Spirit. It is not one of conjuring, but of spiritual sight and hearing and knowing that comes from God in Christ through the Holy Spirit. This is the perception I’m praying we have. This discerning is necessary for knowing when to speak and when to remain silent, how to pray, and what and when to share. We must be led by the Spirit at all times.
While I prayed for these things, I saw a picture in my mind of someone at the edge of a cliff with a deep ravine. They were reaching as far as they could and stepping out over the ravine to the other side to grab hold of the hand of a person who needed help. I knew then how to pray, “Lord teach us to stand in the gap, give us the courage to reach to that other side where the broken, hurting, and fearful are in need of a bridge to get to You. Teach us to reach out with your Word, with the Good News, and be strong enough, brave enough, and effective enough to reach them.”
Right now, there are those in your circle, even in your church (whether you’re open or not), and in society who need the Lord. They think they need peace, joy, fulfillment, encouragement, hope, etc. But all of that comes in Christ. As Christians, our heart must be involved in two things:
“Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”Jesus, Matthew 22:37-40
Loving the Lord with that much fervor gives us the ability to love the world as He did:
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.”John 3:16
My Pastor told us recently to read Jude. It’s short, sweet (sort of), and to the point. Read it. There you will find your mission:
- “Contend for the faith.” (v3) How many churches have we seen shutter their doors with this pandemic, claiming love for their neighbor? I know some probably meant well, but when you go against God’s mandate there will be trouble. I have seen many come to realize they were deceived and are now standing and contending. More, Lord. We must contend because in v4 the book goes on to warn us that people are coming in unseen, ungodly men who mess with the Word of God, denying “the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.” DO NOT LET THEM IN. DO NOT LET THEM WIN. DO NOT GIVE UP. KEEP CONTENDING. Contend in prayer, in speaking out, in sharing truth and the Good News (one in the same). Pay attention, church.
- “…remember the words which were spoken before…” (v17) This verse and the subsequent verses remind us of what Jesus himself and His disciples warned us was to come. There are terrible things we are seeing even now which these verses inform us about. Pay attention, church.
- “Building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.” ‘Nuff said…
- “Save with fear…” We are called to be evangelists, and especially we are called to be the emergency responders in a crisis. The world is hurting and in crisis. But the church is nearly silent. We are to be a hospital, but no one knows we’re open. Do you know what happens when no one can get into the hospital? They either go somewhere else for what they need or they die for lack of care. PEOPLE ARE DYING FOR LACK OF CARE AND FINDING FALSE COMFORT BECAUSE WE HAVE GIVEN IN TO FEAR AND UNLAWFUL MANDATES. OPEN YOUR CHURCHES!
Christians must be deep in prayer, in the Word, and in constant communion with God. We have the answers. We have the treatment for sin, the life-saving measures for survival, the weapons of defense, and the WAY, the TRUTH, and the LIFE! SHARE IT! Pray for eyes to see, ears to hear, hearts to know, and the perception of Christ to know where people are at and who is ready to hear the Good News. Then through the leading of the Holy Spirit, share, share, share. People are dying. We don’t now the day or the hour Christ will return, but He will return. We don’t know our day or hour of death or the day and hour of our families’, friends’, acquaintances’, and even strangers’ deaths. I for one would not like to be held accountable for keeping the secret to life and eternity to myself.
Let’s go, church.
“Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…”Matthew 28:19